TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)- Demolition began today on an historic building on the University of Alabama campus. The Kilgore House, built in 1890, is the oldest building on campus.
The Kilgore House holds historical and personal significance to many on campus. It helped diversify the university from an all-male school to what it is today. In a few days time, it will be torn down.
When the backhoe tears out a chunk of the Kilgore House, it will take a piece of Rebecca Minder with it.
"We understand the passion of this house because of its history," Minder said.
She worked at the Kilgore House for the Alabama Heritage magazine. Minder returned Monday before crews started tearing it down to build a new student plaza.
Long before integration of the 60's, the house helped diversify the UA campus in 1905.
"We also had the women who were the first students on campus were here as well," she explained.